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Hostelz.com's Review
Braemar House YHA Hostel is located in the back part of a bed and breakfast just outside of town near the river. The owner is very friendly and makes you feel comfortable and at home.

The Location

The hostel is located on Plymouth Street, right next to the river. It is a short walk from the town centre and about twenty minutes from the various coach bus stops. It is very simple to find, simply follow Taupo Quay, continue when it becomes Somme Parade, and turn left on Plymouth. It will be just near the corner of Plymouth and Somme Parade. There is parking available.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are very comfortable, with a sink and mirror in each one. The beds have full linen, and are very sturdy and comfortable. If you plan on staying here, though, try and check in early, since the bottom bunks are very small and provide little room to sit up in. There are no in-room lockers, and the dorms located inside the main house do not have doors that lock, only curtains separating the rooms; however, since only ten people sleep in the main house (the rest of the backpackers' is in back, with more of the privates and doubles), it isn't too worrisome.

The bathrooms are nice and modern, seeming fairly new. The shower has good heat and water pressure, and is quite large. There is more than enough space to change, hang your clothes, and place your toiletries. There is only one toilet and one shower in the main house though, and the toilet does not have a sink (the sink is in the room with the shower). This can be a bit of a problem, but it appears that there is another shower for the rooms out back.

Common Spaces

There is a lounge in the middle of the hostel, with comfortable couches and armchairs, plenty of free travel information, and a television with Sky TV. DVDs are available at reception. Attached is a small computer room, with internet powered by Global Gossip, and a payphone. The kitchen is quite large and spacious. It's clean, with plenty of cooking equipment. There is also a vending machine for Coke products, and a small dining room table.

The backpackers' portion of the bed and breakfast is relatively small, and some of the rooms are separate from the main house, so it can be a little too quiet sometimes. But since it's so small people are pushed to socialize, leading to a subdued, but social atmosphere.


This is a quiet, small hostel just outside of town. It's comfortable, clean, and with a friendly staff, and a bit too quiet at times, but otherwise its small size makes it a cosy place to stay in Whanganui.

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March 2012

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5   Very nice stay Everything was fine, or better than, except the vertical spacing of the bunk beds. A bit close. Workable, but inconvenient.  , age 74, usa ()
5  This is a hidden secret. It has the best beds I have stayed in. It's spotless and what a kitchen . . . you name it and they have it. I enjoyed the best cooked breakfast (which is optional) in all my stay through New Zealand. Check this one out!! Johnny.  ()
5  I only stayed one night here in 1997. I've always remembered that night because I was the only person here, and the people running the hostel came by to make sure I was comfortable. I was a long way from home. I haven't had the chance to do a return trip but one day I will!!!  ()

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